Personal Identity - PHI00005H

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Andrew Ward
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18
    • See module specification for other years: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • To familiarise students with a number of standard positions and arguments relating to personal identity in particular, and, as it bears upon that, to identity in general.
  • To further develop students' abilities to read, understand, analyse, and compare philosophical texts.
  • To further develop students' to organise, articulate and defend their own ideas and positions in both discussion and writing

Module learning outcomes

Subject content
Students should be able to identify, summarise, criticise a number of standard positions and arguments relating to personal identity in particular, and, as it bears upon that, to identity in general. They should be able to articulate and defend what seems to them the correct position on these matters, anticipating and countering objections along the way.

Academic and graduate skills
More generally, students should be better able to think about, talk about, write upon abstract and complex matters.

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)
They should be better able to understand and appropriately comment on the views of others, both in one-one and small group situations.

Module content

We will address questions about: a) the identity conditions for people; b) what it is for people to come into, continue in, and go out of existence; and, most conspicuously, c) we will address some more specific questions about our own survival - whether e.g. we could survive the destruction of our own body (including our brain) and whether our personal identity is really what matters.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay (4000 Words)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay (4000 Words)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work will be given a maximum of two weeks after it is submitted. Feedback on summative work will be available six weeks after the assessment was submitted.

Indicative reading

Olson E What Are We?

Martin R and Barresi J (eds) Personal Identity Blackwell 2003

Baker L R Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View Cambridge 2000



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